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We chose a 7 night Caribbean voyage for our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We had been to the 3 ports many times, but took totally different excursions. The itinerary was fun as usual, but this particular ship was older, outdated, and in need of a thorough deep cleaning. The any time dining plan was always crowded and a long wait. We like to keep a flexible evening just in case the day is running long, but on this ship, that cost us lots of lost time waiting in line. We do like to spend a bit of time in the casino, but again on this particular ship, it is a tiny, poorly thought out space with a lot of smoking patrons vying for not nearly enough machines. The entertainment was excellent and varied every evening. The theater served as the stage most nights, but this ship has an ice skating rink with a wonderful show shown a few times during the 7 days. We bought an extra item offered by Royal Caribbean called The Key. It is a combo of wifi for one device and privileges such as early check in on boarding day, special departure at ports of call, special seating in the theater or special events, early departure on deboarding day. The Key also granted free time each day on the rock wall, flowrider(surf board), but we didn't take advantage of those. The Key was well worth the small extra expense. The wifi connection offered on board was excellent. We had no problems at all for the 7 days while on board. The excursion we chose at the Jamaica port was wonderful and I highly recommend it. 1700s Great House and Plantation Tour with Lunch. Very informative tour with a tasty lunch. Our other tour, on Grand Cayman, Pedro St James, Island Drive, and 7 Mile Beach Tour. The first 2/3 of the tour was as advertised, fun, informative, full of Grand Cayman sights. The portion of 7 Mile Beach was a tiny bar area with an incline so steep it was virtually impossible for anyone, but the very youngest to attempt a walk down into the water. The water itself was dead coral, so not a single fish to be seen. A strong current, so not very good swimming either. The changing room offered was a nasty boarded shed where a person could barely find a clean spot to change back into clothes. Don't take the tour for any water activity. Expect to pay the usual tourist trap high prices at the bar also. It was a big dissappointment. We did two "on board" activities we had never done before and enjoyed immensely. All Access Tour. A complete walk through of hidden work places and behind the curtain views of just how this ship is run. Very highly recommended! We learned about everything from how the kitchen runs to how the ship is steered and kept on course. All so educational. I'd love to do it again. The Bottomless Galley Brunch. A wonderful meal served with champagne, after a full kitchen tour. Well worth the small cost of that activity also. Speaking of food, the meals served in the dining room was excellent. The food in the buffet lines were hit and miss. Very typical buffet style. The breakfast food was a repeat every day, but very satisfying. Especially the made to order omelet, then brought straight to your table for you. I miss all of the fresh fruits served in quantity every morning. You definitely will not go hungry. Be sure and find all of the hidden snack and coffee spots on decks besides the restaurants. The Coffee Cafe has included coffee in the back along with all of the cookies and pastries in the display. The Pizza shop on the Promenade deck also has included food items with coffee and tea at the back. I found the staff on the ship a little less outwardly friendly than on other cruises. Polite, but not overly talkative. As I stated before. The ship appears and smells like a ship that was used too long and should have been updated long ago. It is very ready for dry docking. Our room was an ocean view on deck 7 at the very back of the ship. We really liked it back there. Quiet every night and quick to get to the elevator, but always a long wait for any elevator going anywhere on the ship. Much faster to take the stairs and much healthier too, after all the food consumed. There is outdoor movie nights, but the screen was very damaged with digital black boxes showing all over. It was never fixed while we were cruising, so we didn't waste our time with it. Over all, I would rate this cruise right down the middle with about as much bad as good. I have definitely been on better. Carnival has a lot more positive things to offer than this Royal Caribbean. I will be taking a Princess Alaska Land and Sea Tour this summer of 2020, so I will have more to compare with and report for.

Nice Enough Cruise Overall

Liberty of the Seas Cruise Review by Bsheridan

Trip Details
We chose a 7 night Caribbean voyage for our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We had been to the 3 ports many times, but took totally different excursions. The itinerary was fun as usual, but this particular ship was older, outdated, and in need of a thorough deep cleaning. The any time dining plan was always crowded and a long wait. We like to keep a flexible evening just in case the day is running long, but on this ship, that cost us lots of lost time waiting in line.

We do like to spend a bit of time in the casino, but again on this particular ship, it is a tiny, poorly thought out space with a lot of smoking patrons vying for not nearly enough machines.

The entertainment was excellent and varied every evening. The theater served as the stage most nights, but this ship has an ice skating rink with a wonderful show shown a few times during the 7 days.

We bought an extra item offered by Royal Caribbean called The Key. It is a combo of wifi for one device and privileges such as early check in on boarding day, special departure at ports of call, special seating in the theater or special events, early departure on deboarding day. The Key also granted free time each day on the rock wall, flowrider(surf board), but we didn't take advantage of those. The Key was well worth the small extra expense.

The wifi connection offered on board was excellent. We had no problems at all for the 7 days while on board.

The excursion we chose at the Jamaica port was wonderful and I highly recommend it. 1700s Great House and Plantation Tour with Lunch. Very informative tour with a tasty lunch.

Our other tour, on Grand Cayman, Pedro St James, Island Drive, and 7 Mile Beach Tour. The first 2/3 of the tour was as advertised, fun, informative, full of Grand Cayman sights. The portion of 7 Mile Beach was a tiny bar area with an incline so steep it was virtually impossible for anyone, but the very youngest to attempt a walk down into the water. The water itself was dead coral, so not a single fish to be seen. A strong current, so not very good swimming either. The changing room offered was a nasty boarded shed where a person could barely find a clean spot to change back into clothes. Don't take the tour for any water activity. Expect to pay the usual tourist trap high prices at the bar also. It was a big dissappointment.

We did two "on board" activities we had never done before and enjoyed immensely.

All Access Tour.

A complete walk through of hidden work places and behind the curtain views of just how this ship is run. Very highly recommended! We learned about everything from how the kitchen runs to how the ship is steered and kept on course. All so educational. I'd love to do it again.

The Bottomless Galley Brunch.

A wonderful meal served with champagne, after a full kitchen tour. Well worth the small cost of that activity also.

Speaking of food, the meals served in the dining room was excellent. The food in the buffet lines were hit and miss. Very typical buffet style. The breakfast food was a repeat every day, but very satisfying. Especially the made to order omelet, then brought straight to your table for you. I miss all of the fresh fruits served in quantity every morning. You definitely will not go hungry. Be sure and find all of the hidden snack and coffee spots on decks besides the restaurants. The Coffee Cafe has included coffee in the back along with all of the cookies and pastries in the display. The Pizza shop on the Promenade deck also has included food items with coffee and tea at the back.

I found the staff on the ship a little less outwardly friendly than on other cruises. Polite, but not overly talkative.

As I stated before. The ship appears and smells like a ship that was used too long and should have been updated long ago. It is very ready for dry docking.

Our room was an ocean view on deck 7 at the very back of the ship. We really liked it back there. Quiet every night and quick to get to the elevator, but always a long wait for any elevator going anywhere on the ship. Much faster to take the stairs and much healthier too, after all the food consumed.

There is outdoor movie nights, but the screen was very damaged with digital black boxes showing all over. It was never fixed while we were cruising, so we didn't waste our time with it.

Over all, I would rate this cruise right down the middle with about as much bad as good. I have definitely been on better. Carnival has a lot more positive things to offer than this Royal Caribbean.

I will be taking a Princess Alaska Land and Sea Tour this summer of 2020, so I will have more to compare with and report for.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View
Cabin 8N
Ocean view with a large porthole window. Small size closet. 2 twins turned side by side along the walls with the small couch and counter worked much better. The bath is good size with one sink and a working shower bifold door.
We used magnetic hooks along the walls for items not needed in the closet.
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